Future directions in residential segregation and health research: A multilevel approach

Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Kimberly A. Lochner, Theresa L. Osypuk, S. V. Subramanian

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The authors examine the research evidence on the effect of residential segregation on health, identify research gaps, and propose new research directions. Four recommendations are made on the basis of a review of the sociological and social epidemiology literature on residential segregation: (1) develop multilevel research designs to examine the effects of individual, neighborhood, and metropolitan-area factors on health outcomes; (2) continue examining the health effects of residential segregation among African Americans but also initiate studies examining segregation among Hispanics and Asians; (3) consider racial/ethnic segregation along with income segregation and other metropolitan area factors such as poverty concentration and metropolitan governance fragmentation; and (4) develop better conceptual frameworks of the pathways that may link various segregation dimensions to specific health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-221
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2003


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